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Moving house? How to avoid becoming a horror story

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You are probably aware of how stressful moving house can be. Removals are definitely one of the worst parts because you are trusting strangers with your most personal and perhaps valuable possessions. Should you worry more about the UHDTV getting damaged, or the baby pictures getting lost? The truth is that in the worst case scenario you’ll need to worry about both.

You don’t have to look for long online to find some horrendous home move horror stories online and there are some surrounding home removals. From damage to items to lost valuables and the van arriving late, you don’t want this to become your reality when you move home. How can you avoid this nightmare situation? Well, there are a few options you can consider when you plan your home removal and here are some tips from Mr Shifter London Home Removals & Storage:

Don’t Opt For The Cheapest Service

You might think that all home removal companies are equal because they are all providing the same service. While on the surface this might be true, standards and quality of service can differ dramatically. That’s why it may be worth paying a little more to make sure that your items and possessions are looked after.

Check Out Real Reviews Online

These days, it is impossible for business owners to avoid bad reviews online. If a company has delivered a poor, shoddy service, you can bet that someone will have complained. No company is going to have reviews that are 100 percent positive, but if they have more complaints than praise from customers, they are probably not offering a great service. Remember, customers are the only people you can trust when you’re trying to decide whether to use a business or service.

Ask The Right Questions

You need to make sure that you are asking all the right questions when you choose a removal company. Not every home move is the same. Are you moving with pets or children? you need to know what insurance will and won’t cover. Ideally, insurance should cover all damaged or lost items, but this isn’t always the case. And, what happens if something is lost or broken that had sentimental value? Will you still be able to gain a fair amount of compensation for something like this?

Speaking of damages, you should check all your items as quickly as possible when they reach your new home. You’re far more likely to be able to claim compensation if you address the issue quickly.

You should also ask the team about the level of security that they provide. Don’t forget that documents and papers that perhaps have sensitive information will also be transferred during the move. Ask about what security systems they have in plan and get full details of their insurance coverage.

Are they moving heavy items? If so, then they should have a removals VOSA number to show they are qualified to operate a vehicle carrying that level of weight.

Are the workers on full contracts and are they trained by an official organisation such as The British Association of Removers (BAR). By finding this out, you can take some comfort knowing that professionals will be looking after your items and possessions.

Take this advice, ask the right questions and you should be able to completely avoid the home removal nightmare.